From Pastor Devon ~ Giving Up Popularity

    Our childhood and teenage years may have been spent chasing a desire to be popular, something we thought we would outgrow as adults. Although we may not say we want to be “popular,” it still is tempting to want to be liked or accepted by groups of people.

 

     On Palm Sunday, it may seem like Jesus was popular, being welcomed into Jerusalem by the crowds who shouted “Hosannah to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Yet Jesus did not enter the city on a white steed like an earthly king. Instead he rode a colt. He did not wear a royal crown, but soon would wear a crown of thorns. Steve Garnass-Holmes invites us to think of this contrast and what it means for us in his poem, “Untie the Colt.”

 

Jesus entered as a king,
but on a colt, not a war horse,
king of vulnerability,
prince of lowliness.

Am I on a horse?
the horse of being right,
the horse of insisting,
the horse of privilege?

Soul, untie the colt,
the colt of gentleness,
of listening, of humility.
Untie the colt that is not afraid
to not have all the answers,
to still be learning.
Untie the power of your vulnerability.
Ride the colt that knows
the power of powerlessness,
the power of love.

Am I on a horse?
Untie the colt
and get on.                  

Are you ready to give up popularity?

~Pastor Devon

 

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